If you head south from Baščaršija Square, you’ll run into Abadžiluk Street, which leads to Obala Kulina Bana St. and the Miljacka River.
Abadžiluk dates back to the first half of the 16th century and was named after the tailors (abadžije) who used fine material or sukna (Turkish = aba) to make clothing, mostly for male villagers.
By the end of the 16th century, the street had turned into a single bazaar, Abadžijska Čaršija, with more than 40 tailor shops.
The last of Sarajevo’s abadžije shops closed during the inter-war period and other artisans, merchants and shops took their place.
The main entrance to Brusa Bezistan is on Abadžiluk. This covered market was built in the mid-16th century by Rustem Pasha, the Grand Vizier to Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.
During the Ottoman period, it was here that one could buy fabrics from any part of the world known at that time, including silk from the Turkish city of Bursa, which is how Brusa Bezistan got its name.
Today it houses an annex of the Museum of Sarajevo, and features a permanent exhibit that tells the story of Sarajevo’s rich history.